Disclosure: post from 5 years ago, and damn its cringe-worthy
About 5 or 6 years ago, I did not like screamo music at all. I would label any kind of music with screaming as emo or screamo, and now I feel like such a fool. The bands I would listen to back then were Three Days Grace, Ill Nino, Panic! at the Disco, Queens of the Stone Age, etc. A few of the bands I listened to back then(Slipknot, Linkin Park) did scream, but it was not an evil scream, so I guess I didn’t mind it too much. However, my close-mindedness began to change going into my first year of high school.
Over the summer, I was introduced to As I Lay Dying by a friend and instantly fell in love with “Through Struggle”. I listened to that song probably 5 times a day! A few days after hearing “Through Struggle”, I began to want more of this screamo music, so I went on youtube and searched for more songs by As I Lay Dying. I remember hearing 4 songs that I loved, and only hearing 1 that I thought was okay. The songs that I loved were Confined, The Darkest Nights, Reflections, and the newly released The Sound of Truth.
For about a year, I was looking around on youtube trying to find new screamo bands. I liked most of the bands I found, but the two that stood out the most for me were August Burns Red and Parkway Drive. At this point in time, both bands were starting to get big. Parkway Drive was getting set to release “Horizons” and August Burns Red had just released “Messengers”. I loved both of these albums from my first listen and still consider them as great albums now. Messengers is probably my 3rd favourite album of all time!
Next, came the band that changed my music preferences forever. Chelsea Grin.
Two years ago I was introduced to Chelsea Grin by a friend who I met playing an online game. I asked him if he listened to Parkway Drive and he said “Not really. They aren’t heavy enough for my liking”. I instantly thought “ARE YOU HIGH!?” Anyways, he sent me a link to Chelsea Grin’s Crewcabanger. To this day, “You stupid trick. I will end this.” is one of my favourite parts of any song. Sadly, Chelsea Grin only had 5 or 6 songs at this point, and one of them was a cheesy cover of a rap song. Nevertheless, Chelsea Grin was monumental in my migration to the deathcore scene.
In the last year I have expanded my genres of liking to basically anything in the metal category. My favourite bands from the metalcore, post-hardcore, deathcore, melodic/technical death metal, and hardcore genres are listed below, in order (Favourite to 5th favourite).
Metalcore: For Today, Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Bring me the Horizon(this could also be categorized as deathcore, but WHATEVS), and As I Lay Dying.
Post-Hardcore: A Day to Remember, Motionless In White, We Came As Romans, Attack Attack, and Memphis May Fire.
Deathcore: Chelsea Grin, Attila, Emmure, King Conquer, and Whitechapel.
Melodic/Technical Death Metal: After the Burial, Veil of Maya, Within the Ruins, The Contortionist, and The Faceless.
Hardcore(THIS ALSO INCLUDES MELODIC HARDCORE): Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, Comeback Kid, The Amity Affliction and Terror.
Additional praise goes to For Today, A Day to Remember and Parkway Drive for being my favourite bands for the last year.
Also, I could not leave this out. I have already seen For Today twice in the last 3 weeks, but they are going to be back in Canada in February on an amazing tour that they are headlining! I am definitely going to see them when this comes to London, and Toronto!!!